About Mothercraft Ottawa

Mothercraft Overview

Mission (Why we exist): Helping families in Ottawa grow and thrive.

Values (How we exist):

Nurturing – Supporting each other with compassion

Inclusivity – Welcoming and encouraging diversity

Collaborative Relationships – Built on respect and communication

Creativity – Exploring possibilities

Integrity – Acting with honesty and reliability

Programs and services (What we do to realize our mission):

Mothercraft Ottawa, a leader in early learning and care since 1944, is a charitable non-profit organization that enriches the well-being of families with infants and young children through responsive, high quality programs and services.

Mothercraft Ottawa delivers child care for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years through licensed child care centres and home child care, before-and-after-school programs and part-time/casual care.

We support the evolving needs of families in Ottawa through our diverse child and family services, including comprehensive prenatal and parenting classes and workshops, perinatal support, programming for children with special needs, as well as an array of programs and services offered through our EarlyON Child and Family Centres.

Our History

Mothercraft Ottawa Board of Directors 2021-2022

Mothercraft Ottawa is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors who bring a broad cross section of expertise and experience to the agency.


PRESIDENT:  Julia Thompson
VICE PRESIDENT:  Holly Ockenden
SECRETARY:  Craig Shankar


Nicole Roberts
Sarah Sanftenberg
Kate Abernathy
Jocelyn Chisamore
Paola Gonzalez
Sandy Watson
Sarah Farrish

Ex-Officio Members

PAST PRESIDENT: Jennifer M. Arnold